Date:Tuesday February 3 2009
The arrival of Greek striker Theo Gekas left many thinking 'Nugent is again being pushed out' but Tony Adams has told The News that Dave Nugent will start against Liverpool at the weekend...
Adams on Nugent
'Theofanis has scored goals everywhere he's been but Nuge definitely deserves another crack at it.
'I thought he was fantastic when he came on against Fulham. He got another goal, worked his socks off, and he's going to get another chance.
'I think he deserves it, absolutely. He was close to playing Saturday anyway - it was a toss-up.
'In the end I thought there were enough encouraging signs against Villa to go with the same again, other than Sol and obviously Nadir, and now I think he deserves his place.
'He worked extremely hard into channels and gave it everything. We are going to need players like that.
'I think up front has always been his position. He's done a job off the right because we've been limited for options. Really, he's a forward.
'Peter and Kanu are fairly similar, Nuge and the new lad offer something different. But Nuge is going to get a go.'
Fair call, I just hope that his 'another chance' does not come as a right sided player with Peter Crouch playing as the loan striker again.
With Jermain Pennant ineligible we need someone to move out onto the right, so Nugent seems the obvious option.
Lets stick with 4-4-2 and give it a go, give the scouser the chance alongside the England man, to be fair John Utaka probably deserves the crack at on the right as well as he has shown a marked improvement in his last couple of sub outings - maybe he has finally realised that effort, determination and commitment needs to be given...
I still feel we will go with one up top against Liverpool though, even more so with the numbers we now have available in the middle of the park, and to be fair playing 4-5-1 against the likes of Liverpool - even at home - is somewhat understandable. Crouch has been isolated up top on his own, so maybe Nugent will start as the lone man?
Adams on Gekas
'I'd have to say Theofanis is very similar to Gary Lineker.
'He stands on the last defender and likes to get in behind defences. He may get caught offside 20 or 30 times but he causes defenders all sorts of problems.
'He's not going to do anything outside the box. He wants to get inside the box and score goals, but he works hard to do that.
'The lad's going to be a great outlet and, if play goes up the other end of the pitch, he'll be there ready to help counter and stretch the game.
'He's only played 106 minutes this season but has still scored three goals and that says it all about him really.
'It may be seen as a gamble but I have a funny feeling he might get a few goals for us.'
I do not know a lot about Gekas, in fact I do not know anything at all - but I do know I am willing to give him a chance and he does arrive with some pedigree, particularly for clubs in a predicament similar to the one we find ourselves in!
Maybe a real surprise will be sprung on us with Crouch rested - maybe something that he needs - and Nugent and Gekas will start together at the weekend? Unlikely I know, but it is good for us to have some real options again, it keeps people on their toes and makes them have to perform to keep the shirt they have possession of!
Roll on Saturday - I just hope that the weather clears up...
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Date:Tuesday February 3 2009
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